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Health Information Technology

HIT103 - Introduction to The Medical Language
Course offers brief overview of medical terminology suitable for developing basic vocabulary. Content includes deciphering, building and understanding medical terms by studying their parts. (Course does not substitute for HIT 104.)
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

HIT104 - Medical Terminology
Course presents medical terminology through study of medical word roots, prefixes and suffixes. Focus on relationships among symptomatic, disease, and procedural terms.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIT105 - Pharmacology for Health Record Documentation
Course offers comprehensive coverage of pharmacology as it relates to clinical documentation in the health record. Content includes medical terminology, drug classifications, therapeutic use in diseases and conditions, adverse effects and side effects.Prerequisite: HIT 104 with a minimum grade of C
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

HIT108 - International Classification of Disease (ICD)
Course covers the international classification system required to organize medical information for retrieval and reporting. Focus is on both the disease classification system and the procedure classification system. Work focuses on acquiring skills in coding diseases and procedures and abstracting medical data. Hands-on experience in coding hospital records. Prerequisite: HIT 104, HIT 121, BIO 231 and BIO 232 with minimum grade of C in each course.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 3)
Fee: $25

HIT111 - ICD-10-CM Coding for the Physician Office
Course teaches students how to use the ICD-10-CM coding system to assign diagnostic codes to patient-physician encounters. Work focuses on acquiring skills in coding diseases and conditions. After learning the basic steps in code selection, the class concentrates on applying this skill to the physician practice setting.Prerequisite: HIT 104 with minimum grade of C or consent of instructor.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)

HIT112 - Anatomy and Physiology for ICD-10-CM Coding
Course presents anatomy and physiology through an anatomic overview and basic knowledge of body organs, body systems and disease pathology for coding within the ICD-10-CM coding system. Prerequisite: HIT 104 Medical Terminology with minimum grade of C.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIT114 - CPT Coding for The Physician Office
Course introduces CPT coding system. Focus is on use of system in a physician office. Prerequisite: HIT 104 with minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment, or knowledge of medical terminology as demonstrated by proficiency exam.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)
Fee: $20

HIT115 - Insurance Procedures for the Medical Office: Medicare
Course provides in-depth study of Medicare insurance system. Focus is on knowledge of terminology and guidelines involved in claim filing process. Topics also include understanding of Medicare reimbursement policies, appeal rights, and CMS’s current efforts to curtail healthcare fraud and abuse. Prerequisite: Instructor's consent required.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)
Fee: $10

HIT116 - Insurance Procedures for the Medical Office: Non-Medicare
Introductory course gives instruction in health records and insurance processing procedures in the medical office. Focus is on correlating health information with billing procedures. Instructor's consent required.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)
Fee: $10

HIT120 - Evaluation and Management Coding in CPT
Course presents in-depth study of the Evaluation and Management section of CPT coding system. Based on knowledge of key definitions required in Evaluation and Management coding. Focus on auditing documentation and validating code selection. Includes discussion of categories of service, modifier usage, and payment methodologies. Prerequisites: HIT 114 or HIT 170 with minimum grades of C. Recommended: Hands-on experience with word processing in Windows, or equivalent coursework.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)
Fee: $10

HIT121 - Fundamentals of Health Information Management
Course examines sources of health information and relationship with health agencies. Content includes study of origin and purpose, content, order, analysis and use of medical records, methods of compiling, numbering, retrieving andretention of health information. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Health Information Technology program; HIT 104 and BIO 231 with minimum grades of C, and hands-on computer experience using word processing that runs in a Windows operating system environment.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $30

HIT125 - Medical Billing Practices
Course concentrates on mastery of guidelines and requirements for efficient and compliant healthcare claims filing. Content includes advanced coding scenarios that incorporate proper diagnosis and procedure code selection, correct modifier usage, appropriate HCPCS code utilization, surgical package billing concepts, andaccurate analysis of claims. Current issues and new guidelines also incorporated. Prerequisites: HIT 115, HIT 116, and HIT 120, all with minimum grades of C or concurrent enrollment. Recommended: Hands-on experience with word processing in Windows, or equivalent coursework.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)
Fee: $10

HIT126 - Healthcare Classification Systems and Registries
Course covers classification systems and registries employed to organize medical information for future retrieval and reporting. Prerequisite: HIT 104, HIT 121, BIO 231 and BIO 232 with minimum grade of C in each course.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 2)

HIT170 - CPT Coding
Course covers basic principles and guidelines of CPT coding in both hospital-based and ambulatory care environments. Students develop skills in using CPT to report reimbursable services.Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in any of the following: HIT 112, BIO 231 and BIO 232, or BIO 114, also with consent of HIT instructor or department chair.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $25

HIT194 - Electronic Health Record and Applications
Course covers health information systems used in health care delivery systems including terminology and essential concepts of health information systems. An overview of varied automated administrative and financial systems is given. Course covers structure of electronic health records (EHRs). Content includes overview of health care industry’s transitioning to electronic health record systems, components of EHRs, technologies used for input into EHRs, and privacy and security issues affecting access to and use of patient information.Student practice in application of software common to healthcare setting.Recommended: Hands-on computer experience using software in Windows, i.e., Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HIT201 - Fundamentals of Medical Science
Course provides introduction to medical science. Content includes study of nature and cause of disease, treatment and management of patients, and practical application of knowledge by health information management professional.Prerequisite: HIT 105 with minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment; HIT 108, HIT 170, and BIO 232 with minimum grades of C; and consent of instructor or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
Fee: $25

HIT221 - Quality Improvement and Assessment in Healthcare
Course focuses on quality improvement and assessment in variety of healthcare settings. Content includes implementation of quality tools and techniques as related to health information department activities of acute care hospitals,long term care facilities, behavioral health settings, hospital outpatient and emergency departments, and ambulatory care settings, and quality issues related to medical staff activities. Prerequisite: HIT 108, HIT 130, HIT 201, andBIO 232 with minimum grades of C; and consent of instructor or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
Fee: $15

HIT222 - Supervisory and Legal Aspects
Course studies impact of legal system on health information. Focus is on the health record as a legal document, and effect of confidential communication laws, including HIPAA, on release of information and use of health information.Content includes management principles and supervisory role in healthcare organizations. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
Fee: $15

HIT251 - Health Information Technology Practicum I
Course contains planned and supervised clinical experiences in medical facilities. Opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in admission and discharge procedures, health and vital statistics, coding and abstracting, physician incomplete records, medical transcription supervision, cancer registry and long term care facilities.Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 12)
Fee: $20

HIT252 - Health Information Technology Practicum II
Course continues HIT 251. Opportunity to increase proficiency in coding skills, gain knowledge and skill in release of information, patient care evaluation procedures, supervisory duties, and ambulatory care settings. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 12)
Fee: $20

HIT260 - Reimbursement Issues
Course provides comprehensive study of reimbursement procedures for prospective payment system, hospital outpatient services, and physician practices. Coding issues emphasized and optimization skills developed and applied in each area. Focus is on role of health information practitioner on financial performance in health care. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor ordepartment chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
Fee: $25

HIT290 - Topics in Health Information Technology
Course focuses on new issues in fast changing health information management environment. Topics covered each semester will vary based on current issues and perceived student need. Course may be repeated three times as long asspecific topic is different. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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